An A-class-based SUV has been confirmed for production; four-door CLA is set to follow
18 July 2012

Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche has confirmed a compact SUV version of the new A-class will go into production. The new model is likely to take the GLA name when it goes into production late next year or early in 2014.

“There is more to come [from the A-class line-up],” said Zetsche, speaking at the start of production of the new A-class at Mercedes’ Rastatt plant in Germany last week. “The compact SUV will be 
the third model we will build here in Rastatt.”

The GLA will join the new A-class and B-class in production at Rastatt, and the trio will also be built at the firm’s Kecskemét plant in Hungary. The Eastern European location will also exclusively be home to the baby CLS saloon-coupé version of the A-class, dubbed CLA and previewed by the recent Concept Style Coupé at the Beijing motor show, and a sleek estate version of that car, the CLA Shooting Brake.

The new five-strong compact car line-up built on Mercedes’ new modular MFA platform is key to the ‘Mercedes-Benz 2020’ growth strategy, which outlines the firm’s plans to overtake Audi and BMW as the largest premium car maker in terms of global unit sales.

Mercedes has so far delivered more than 70,000 B-class models since it was launched last November, and has so far received more than 40,000 orders for the new A-class. Demand is such that Mercedes is adding a third shift at Rastatt.

The GLA is Mercedes’ answer to the BMW X1. First scooped by Autocar last year in this artist’s rendering, the new model will eschew the chunky looks of Mercedes’ larger SUVs in favour of a more contemporary look inspired by the new A-class.

Engines will be shared with the rest of the models based on the MFA architecture. Both front and four-wheel drive versions will be offered.

 

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18 July 2012

I recently saw actual pictures of the car and it doesn't look like that.

18 July 2012

rosstopher wrote:

I recently saw actual pictures of the car and it doesn't look like that.

Does it look better or worse? 

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18 July 2012

superstevie wrote:

rosstopher wrote:

I recently saw actual pictures of the car and it doesn't look like that.

Does it look better or worse? 

 

It looks better, more like a new A Class on steroids.

18 July 2012

...because if that picture is right it looks grim: too many seams, wrinkles and wonky bits down the sides and across the nose.

Nice colour though: how refreshing to be able to buy a Merc in a non-monochrome shade.

18 July 2012

I can see a Merc "GLC" being a big hit in Tory London ...

Myk

18 July 2012

Why would it not be the GLA if it's based on the A-Class?  Oh wait, that would suppose that Mercedes' naming convention actually has structure. (It would also mean the GLC name should have already been taken by the GLK as it's based on the C-Class).

18 July 2012

Lovely colour, I like this car.

18 July 2012

...all those variations on black, white and silver that so many manufacturers seem to concentrate on ?

Looking at various configurators on makers' websites it seems that Volvo and Fiat have reasonable ranges of colours for most models but it's the Germans and Japanese who have the most limited ranges. The new Volvo V40 and the Peugeot 208 both have some great looking colours, where as Toyota's new Prius Plug-in is only available in a bright white, silver, dark grey, another white and a ghastly vapid blue. I was interested in seeing the Lancia/Chrysler Delta as the idea of two tone cars looked good, but they don't seem to have a configurator or any visually interesting details on their rather pathetic website.


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18 July 2012

"Looking at various configurators on makers' websites it seems that Volvo and Fiat have reasonable ranges of colours for most models but it's the Germans and Japanese who have the most limited ranges."

If you have a look at the colours available for a VW Golf in Germany compared to the limited colours available here you might think it's more to do with what sells over here than the manufacturers sense of an adventurous pallette...

18 July 2012

CLT? That's rude!

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